We woke up to temperatures of about -15C (5F) with a windchill closer to -25 (-13). As I layered up in my warmest clothing I thought of the runners and knew I would have a difficult time figuring out what to wear if I had been racing that day. I hate being over-dressed, but being under-dressed in those temperatures can be dangerous, especially with all the standing around before and after the race. Thankfully, the sun was out in full force all day to take some of the edge off. As it turns out, I saw runners dressed in everything from shorts (!!!) to ski suits.
Random observations from chip removal:
• It was exciting to see the 5K speed demons coming in ~16:00; just don’t get in their way!
• Many women crossed the finish line in tears – what a powerful thing to witness.
• Why do some people feel the need to tie the timing chip right into their laces? I untied and retied so many laces, I felt like a kindergarten teacher.
• Most people offered up the wrong foot when we asked to remove their chip.
• Latex gloves are a good idea. You never know what could end up on those shoes; snot, spit, (*gulp*) urine!
• Fluorescent yellow Mizuno volunteer hats are awesome.
• Always tell the runners that they look good… even when they don’t.
• Upside-down plastic bins are not the best idea as a foot stool. When a person doesn’t have any feeling in their legs, they are quite possibly going to put their shoe right through it.
• There is nothing like the gratitude of a runner who has just completed a race. Almost everyone said thank you (and many profusely!) One lady even told me she loves me.
• Note to self: don’t guzzle water while the volunteer is bent over your shoe. There is a good chance you are dripping (drooling?) water all over his or her head.
I had the opportunity to see many of my friends at the finish line. It was dirty work at times and crazy busy as the 1:30 – 2:30 half marathoners poured in, but still fun and totally rewarding. I would do it again in a heart beat.
Special thanks to all the runners who made it worth while to sit out in the freezing cold on a Sunday morning. It was a great experience to be on the ‘other’ side.
I would like to send out a very special congratulations to my friend Erin who ran her first half marathon yesterday, despite missing three weeks of key training while her baby boy was in the hospital last month. She did absolutely awesome! Until yesterday I only knew Erin virtually, so it was wonderful to finally meet her at the finish line after following her journey from zero to 21.1. You rock, Erin!
Diggin’ the volunteer hats (that’s my sister’s BF):
Volunteers need to eat too:
Checking out our cool hats in a reflective building:
I did manage to squeeze in a quick 4K when I got home (it had warmed up significantly by the afternoon) before heading to a Birthday party. I’m hoping to build the mileage up slightly this week before starting a new half marathon program next week. I have a new goal race and I’ll tell you about that soon.
Thanks for reading!